Educational Opportunities: Landscape Design School



Helping members become accomplished landscape designers.

The Landscape Design Study Courses offer a series of  four 10-hour courses. The courses cover the history of landscape design as well as instruction from landscape architects in a variety of design techniques used  in home and municipal settings.

The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects: from landscape design history to landscape architecture in the year 2000 and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, professional instructors have maintained the high standards originally incorporated in the study program. Also offered are many optional programs, such as conferences, symposia and tours. Students acquire the tools for making their own gardens more beautiful and easier to maintain. Many students have been motivated to serve in political decision-making areas where awareness of the impact of a well-designed landscape can enhance the beauty and enjoyment of life in the public arena.


WVGC Landscape Design School

May 24-25, 2017

We completed Course 3, Series 11 in Morgantown, WV at the new Agricultural Science Building on the Evansdale Campus of WVU. Judith Wasserman MLA, MRP, Director of the School of Design and Community Development welcomed and treated us to lunch. We were joined by other faculty members. After introductions, Ms. Wasserman gave us a brief overview of the collaborative research and outreach projects not only within the school, but university-wide and beyond.

A total of 22 students attended the two-day course that was open to the public. There were eighteen garden club members from 3 states, representing 13 clubs in attendance. Seven students took the exam and all passed. Roberta Gellner has completed her four courses and will receiver her consultant certification. Also, seven students took the course to maintain their consultant certification.

The faculty of WVU Landscape Architecture provided us with information on topics that covered landscape design accessories and maintenance, urban design, parks, playground and conservation areas. This in-depth study of landscape design gives the attendees an understanding of what it takes to create a good landscape and the ability to view and evaluate completed landscapes.